Statues and Sculptures, Amsterdam

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    Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jul 10, 2011
    Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis statue - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The statue of Ferdinand Domela Nieuwenhuis is located in the Nassauplein. just West of the Haarlemmerpoort.

    Nieuwenhuis was a Dutch social politician and an anti-militarist.

    He was born on December 31, 146 and died on Novenmber 18, 1919.

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    St. Nick

    by pieter_jan_v Written Jan 24, 2012
    SINTERCLAES sculpture - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The Dutch version of St. Nick is called Sinterklaas.

    Each year Sinterklaas arrives by boat at Amsterdam on the third Sunday of November and rides on a white horse into the city via the Damrak street.

    At the Dam square the procession halts to great the statue of SINTERCLAES that is mounted at the first floor of the corner building.

    After his Birthday at December 5 Sinterklaas departs unnoticed.

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    Jacob Israel de Haan monument

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 25, 2012
    Jacob Israel de Haan monument - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: This monument is located at the Jodenbreestraat bridge near the Rembrandt house.

    Jocaob was called the poet of the Jewish songs. He was born in Smilde, but moved to Amsterdam and worked as a teacher and journalist.

    In 1919 he moved to Israel and taught law and was a correpondent for some Amsterdam newspapers. The monument contains the famous lines about is home sickness for Amstedam:
    Die te Amsterdam vaak zei 'Jeruzalem'
    En naar Jeruzalem gedreven kwam
    Hij zegt met een mijmrende stem: 'Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

    In 1924, just before he would return the Netherlands, he was killed.; probably by Zionists as a reaction to his ultra ortodox sympathies. This was the first political murder in Palestina.

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    The City Renewal monument

    by pieter_jan_v Written Feb 27, 2014
    De Grenspaal - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The most remarkable, uglyiest and and eye catching monument is located at the Jodenbreestraat.

    Its official name is "Grenspaal" and it was made by Hans ’t Mannetje in 1986.
    The monument is also known as the "Zuildragende schildpad" (Pillar carrying turtle) or the Monument of Jacob Israël de Haan.

    It is located on the spot where a planned highway ends. The plans for the highway changed after much debate.

    The monument has three text areas with the following Dutch writings:
    "Tot hier verdween het oude stadspatroon
    van hier begon de stadsvernieuwing in deze buurt
    ter herinnering werd dit gedenkteken opgericht."

    "Die te Amsterdam vaak zei: 'Jeruzalem'
    en naar Jeruzalem gedreven kwam,
    Hij zegt met mijmerende stem
    'Amsterdam, Amsterdam…'."

    "De tijd kruipt met het bouwwerk heen, van hier, vandaar rest soms een steen."

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    PC Hooft statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 5, 2014
    PC Hooft statue - Amsterdam
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    Favorite thing: Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft (PC Hooft in short) was a Dutch writer and historian.
    He lived from 1581 to 1647. He lived for 40 years at the Muiderslot castle, just East of Amsterdam.

    His statue is located at a small square at the Stadhouderskade at the North side of the posh Amsterdam shopping street named after him%L8.
    The sculpture is made by Frits Sieger and revealed in 1947, 300 years after Hooft died.

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    Arthur van Schendel statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Mar 30, 2014
    Arthur van Schendel statue - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The statue of the Dutch writer Arthur van Schendel is located at the Leidsebosje, a small park across the canal SW of the Leidseplein square.

    Arthur François Emile van Schendel was born at Batavia (Jakarta) at March 5,1874 and died at Amsterdam on September 11, 1946.
    After his early year in Indonesia, where his father was a Lutenant-Colonel in the Dutch army, he followed the school of arts at Amsterdam. For a time he teached in the UK and later went to Italy.

    His son was the general manager of the Rijksmuseum.

    The statue was made by Jobs Wertheim.

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    Herman Heijermans statue

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 2, 2014
    Herman Heijermans statue - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: The Herman Heijermans statue is located in the Leidsebosje, a small park just South of the Leidseplein square. It's mad by sculptor Joseph Mendes da Costa in 1929.

    Herman Heijermans was a writer of plays and small stories.

    The first statue was placed in the Vondelpark, but was the subject of much debate and vandalism. In 1934 the statue was badly damaged and a second statue had to be made. This one was placed at the Leidsebosje in 1935, but was removed in 1940, again due to vandalism.

    After WWII two efforts were necessary to repair the statue and since 1964 it returned to the Leidsebosje.

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    Belle

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 7, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Since March 31, 2007 the Belle statue is part of the Oudekerksplein.

    Belle is an ode to all prostitutes of the world.

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    The Titaantjes

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 12, 2008

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    De Titaantjes

    Favorite thing: In the Oosterpark there's a statue called "De Titaantjes" after a title of a 1918 book by writer Nescio aka Jan Hendrik Frederik Grönloh (June 22, 1882 till July 25, 1961).

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    Winkler Prins Monument

    by pieter_jan_v Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Winkler Prins Monument

    Favorite thing: This monument is located at the Frederiksplein.
    I have to return, because I cannot find any info about it.

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    Former Queen Wilhelmina

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 11, 2008
    Wilhelmina statue

    Favorite thing: The statue of former Dutch Queen Wilhelmina on a horse is located at the Rokin.

    It's sculped by Theresia van der Pant.

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    At the Noordermarkt

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 30, 2013
    Woutertje Pieterse and Femke - Amsterdam

    Favorite thing: At the Noordermarkt, corner Prinsengracht there is a sculpture of Woutertje Pieterse and Femke made in 1971 by sculpture Frits Sieger. It's a scene from a book by Multatuli.

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